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Sidney Crosby joins Alex Ovechkin in 1,000-point club

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Sidney Crosby joins Alex Ovechkin in 1,000-point club

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby is the newest member of the NHL's 1,000-point club.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points when he assisted on Chris Kunitz's goal 6:28 into the first period on Thursday night against Winnipeg.

Crosby's helper gave him 632 assists to go with 368 goals.

Crosby reached the milestone in 757 games, making him the 12th fastest to the mark.

The sellout crowd at PPG Paints Arena erupted when Kunitz pounded a feed from Crosby into the wide open net to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.

Crosby saluted the crowd during the next stoppage in play.

Crosby is the third Penguin to reach 1,000 points with the franchise, joining Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

Crosby's 1,000th point comes 36 days after rival Alexander Ovechkin registered his 1,000th point, doing so on Jan. 11 against Crosby and the Penguins. It took Ovechkin 880 games to reach 1,000 points.

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CSN's Troy Machir contributed to this story.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: From Toronto to Pittsburgh

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: From Toronto to Pittsburgh

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about the Caps' series win over Toronto and preview their upcoming series with the Penguins. Can the Caps finally exorcise their playoff demons?

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe on Apple podcastsAudioboom and Google Play and give us a good review! Maybe we'll even read it on the air. For the latest Caps coverage be sure to follow @CSNCapitals@TarikCSN and @JJReganCSN on Twitter.

RELATED: Capitals vs. Penguins Game 1 How to Watch

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Capitals vs. Penguins: Game 1 time, TV channel, how to watch, live stream

Capitals vs. Penguins: Game 1 time, TV channel, how to watch, live stream

On Thursday night, the Capitals face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their the second-round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series.

The Capitals advanced to the second round thanks to a overtime goal from Marcus Johansson in Game 6 of their first-round series against the Maple Leafs. The Penguins needed just four games to dispatch the Blue Jackets from the playoff bracket.

The rivalry between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby is sure to be the focal point of the buzz surrounding the series.

But heading into Game 1, the status of Karl Alzner as it relates to Nate Schmidt's ice time is a major priority for the Capitals. Schmidt came on as a late addition following Alnzer's injury early in the Maple Leafs series and provided an immediate impact.

With Alzner getting close to a return, what Barry Trotz decides to do for Game 1 will set the tone for the entire series. 

RELATED: CAPITALS vs. PENGUINS PLAYOFF PREVIEW

CAPITALS VS. PENGUINS GAME 1 HOW TO WATCH

Who: Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
What: Game 6 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Second Round
When: 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 27
Where: Verizon Center
Online StreamCSN's live stream page here
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 1500 AM (Capitals Radio Network)

RELATED: STANLEY CUP POWER RANKINGS

WHEN IS CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1?

The Capitals and Penguins square off in Game 1 of their 2017 second-round playoff series on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

WHAT CHANNEL IS CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1 ON?

Game 1 of the Capitals-Penguins series will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network and SportsNet in Canada.

WHERE CAN I STREAM CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1?

Capitals-Penguins Game 1, as well as the Capitals GameTime and Capitals Extra pre and postgame shows, are available to stream live here through CSN's live stream page.

WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1?

Here are the projected lines for Capitals-Penguins Game 1:

WASHINGTON CAPITALS GAME 1 LINES
Forwards:
1st Line: 
2nd Line: 
3rd Line:
4th Line:

Defense:
D1:
D2:
D3:

Goalies:
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches:
 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS GAME 1 LINES
Forwards:
1st Line: 
2nd Line: 
3rd Line:
4th Line: 

Defense:
D1: 
D2: 
D3:

Goalies:

Scratches:
 

RELATED: 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1 BETTING LINES

Stanley Cup Odds: Capitals 7/2 (+350), Penguins (17/4 (+425)
Game 1 Spread: Capitals -1.5
Game 1 Over/Under: 5.5 goals
Game 1 Money Line: Capitals (-135), Penguins (+115)

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